Recreating Responsibly

The Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center is a year-round West Virginia recreational facility known for hosting camps, business meetings and other social events. From week to week, or even day to day, the number of people on the property can vary significantly.

“We can go from 10 to 250 [people] in the blink of an eye…and then back to 10 on a moment’s notice,” said Jon DiStefano, maintenance supervisor for the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center.

The Problem

Clogging Problems From Flushables Get Expelled

Wastewater pump clogging issues caused by “flushables”—consumer products like wipes that are often marketed as safe for flushing—are well documented. But that does not mean they are going away anytime soon. 

A September 2013 Associated Press article, “Popular Bathroom Wipes Blamed for Sewer Clogs,” introduced the issue to a national audience: Pre-moistened wipes and other consumer goods often marketed as flushable are creating pump clogs and sewage backups in collection systems across the nation. 

Town Saves Money, Gains Efficiency with Pump Retrofits

America’s wastewater is conveyed daily by tens of thousands of pump stations, many of which were originally installed in the post-war boom era as our nation rapidly expanded. Many of these original stations still operate throughout the country, mostly in underground, dry-pit configurations. As such, municipalities with older pump stations are ultimately faced with the decisions of replacing them completely or finding less expensive routes through retrofitting internal equipment.

Pump Stations Cut Costs for Florida City

City standardizes with wet well mounted pump stations

Meat Processing Company Chooses Lift Station Design

Lift station reduces costs, provides further effluent clarification

FAST Process Handles Variable Flows for Private Tourist Attraction

Powell Gardens in Kansas City, Mo., did not want its thousands of annual visitors stumbling upon a wastewater treatment plant's unattractive equipment and odors while trying to enjoy their visit. The FAST aerobic process from Smith & Loveless offered quality treatment while operating out of sight, as well as easier maintenance and upkeep.

Well-Mounted Pump Stations Yield Major Repair & Maintenance Savings Over Submersibles

Utility compares data between WWMPS and submersible pumps

Progressive City Gets a Pump Station Upgrade

Robust pump construction and ease of maintenance contributes to capital and O&M costs remaining low throughout the long service life for Village of Peshtigo, Wis., pump stations

Napa Winery Treats Wastewater in an Onsite Cave

A Napa winery uses caves to enhance wastewater treatment.

Brewer Exudes Excellence in its Production Including Wastewater Treatment

The brewing process yields wastewater that is typically high in solids, which can cause a burden for municipal wastewater treatment utilities.

Delivering an Economical Treatment Solution

When the Town of Marana, Ariz. experienced rapid growth in 2000, quick but effective system solutions to their existing wastewater treatment lagoons were sought.

Clogging at Pump Station

In 1971, the Falmouth, Maine, wastewater collection system began operation with 23 miles of sewer line and seven pumping stations handling more than 450,000 gallons a day. An integral component of this system is the Brown Street Pump Station #2, which pumps continuously into an interceptor trunk line and handles a large portion of the residential wastewater in south Falmouth.
This station, which was part of the original collection system installation, is an underground, packaged Custom Series Pump Station by Smith & Loveless.

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